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Q2 2018 review

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Here's my regular quarterly look at what I've been playing and buying.

Total plays: 123

Distinct games: 52

New-to-me games: 19

Dimes: 1 - The Mind (17)

Nickels: 6 - Texas Showdown (9), The Shipwreck Arcana (7), That's Pretty Clever! (7), Dealt! (7), Iron Curtain (5), Lost Cities: To Go (5)

The main event was a wonderful long weekend in Eastbourne with the London on Board crew. I managed to avoid learning anything new at all and it was heavenly.

And now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 8 - The Shipwreck Arcana, Yellow & Yangtze, Lost Cities: To Go, Texas Showdown, Würfel Bingo, Iron Curtain, Pikoko, Powerships

Removed: 6 - Safranito, A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King, Matryoshka, Lords of Scotland, House of Borgia, Pax Renaissance

Owned: 185 (excluding expansions - up from 183 at end Q4)

Unplayed: 1 (Res Publica)

Pleased to see a big overlap between the new acquisitions and the nickels, and the removals almost keeping up with the arrivals. Gave up on Pax Ren getting played - if I ever do get the chance it'll be with a friend who has their own copy.

Best new-to-me: Lots of great stuff! Top two are The Shipwreck Arcana and Iron Curtain

New 10s: welcomed The Mind and Time of Crisis to my personal hall of fame
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Q1 2018 review

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Here's my regular quarterly look at what I've been playing and buying.

Total plays: 111

Distinct games: 46

New-to-me games: 15

Dimes: 2 - The Mind (28), Azul (11)

Nickels: 2 - Fuji Flush (6), Dealt! (5)

A quiet February due to a holiday with the in-laws. Aside from that it was the usual Tuesday tapas gaming, lunchtime card games and monthly Time of Crisis night.

And now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 8 - Matryoshka, Medici: The Card Game, King's Road, Zero Down, 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Mind, Dealt!, Tonga Bonga

Removed: 2 - Kupferkessel Co., Mai-Star

Owned: 183 (excluding expansions - up from 177 at end Q4)

Unplayed: 2 (Pax Renaissance, Res Publica)

Several of these were review copies, gifts or trades, so I've only spent about £35 so far. Well on track to stay within my £200 budget for the year.

Best new-to-me: without a doubt The Mind, possibly the most original-feeling game I've played since Hanabi.

New 10s: not yet, but The Mind, Azul and Time of Crisis are all on the bubble.
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Q4 2017 review

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A final look at what I've been playing and buying this year.

Total plays: 155

Distinct games: 64

New-to-me games: 25

Dimes: 1 - Jump Drive (21)

Nickels: 5 - Azul (9), 聖杯サクセション (Throne and the Grail) (9), Stroop (7), Eggs of Ostrich (6), Krakatoa (5)

The centrepiece was LoBsterCon in mid-November, this time without wife and baby! But plenty of regular games nights and lunchtime gaming too.

And now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 11 - Star Cartel, Auf Teufel komm raus, 聖杯サクセション (Throne and the Grail), Voodoo Prince, Five Cucumbers, Res Publica, The Fox in the Forest, Stroop, House of Borgia, Krakatoa, Azul

Removed: 13 - New York Slice, HMS Dolores, Havana, Circus Train (Second Edition), Diamonds: Second Edition, Sylvion, Castellion, Pax Pamir, Neanderthal, Greenland, Fauna, Navajo Wars, Imhotep

Owned: 177 (excluding expansions - down from 179 at end Q3)

Unplayed: 2 (Pax Renaissance, Res Publica)

And end-of-year splurge was countered by a big sale on Facebook (raising about £250).

Best new-to-me: lots of good ones! Two great tricktakers in Voodoo Prince and The Fox in the Forest and I really like Azul too.
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Q3 2017 review

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Just a quick look at what I've been playing and buying so far this year, and a comparison to last year.

Total plays: 153

Distinct games: 53

New-to-me games: 19

Dimes: 2 - Jump Drive (55), Fuji Flush (11)

Nickels: 3 - Crokinole (9), Polterfass (9), Marrakesh (5)

No special events this quarter, just a nice regular pattern of Tuesday games nights, lunchtimes with Joe and a lot of Jump Drive with Sarah.

And now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 3 - Wibbell++, Marrakesh, The Chameleon

Removed: 0

Owned: 179 (excluding expansions - up from 176 at end Q2)

Unplayed: 1 (Pax Renaissance)

Nice acquisitions - a weird 1970s hidden gem that I've been looking out for for ages and two great games by friends I met at LoB. Hopefully I'll finally get to play Pax Ren at Eastbourne in November.

Best new-to-me: two plays of Time of Crisis: The Roman Empire in Turmoil, 235-284 AD were a highlight, Marrakesh lived up to my expectations and Spires is a very neat card game.
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Q2 2017 review

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Just a quick look at what I've been playing and buying so far this year, and a comparison to last year.

Total plays: 136

Distinct games: 58

New-to-me games: 21

Dimes: 2 - Jump Drive (24), Hanamikoji (11)

Nickels: 5 - Fuji Flush (8), Insider (6), Innovation (6), Crokinole (5), Flamme Rouge (5)

Another great quarter of gaming! In addition to my regular Tuesday nights, I had a visit from an old friend and a trip to LoBsterCon plus a bunch of lunchtime gaming (mostly the two dimes above).

And now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 6 - Hanamikoji, Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases, Insider, Jump Drive, Montage, Polterfass

Removed: 0

Owned: 176 (excluding expansions - up from 170 at end Q1)

Unplayed: 2 (Pax Renaissance, IOTA)

Failing to learn Pax Renaissance was my one disappointment from LoBsterCon. Slight splurge on the acquisitions but I'm really enjoying all of them and got some good bargains.

Best new-to-me: Lots of good ones! Hanamikoji and Jump Drive have both been getting lots of play but Flamme Rouge and two excellent word games from Joli Quentin Kansil (What's My Word? and Montage) also deserve a mention.
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Q1 2017 review

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Just a quick look at what I've been playing and buying so far this year, and a comparison to last year.

Total plays: 115 (2016 had 96, 2015 had 142, 2014 had 205, 2013 had 140)

Distinct games: 38 (2016 had 59, 2015 had 48, 2014 had 67, 2013 had 56)

New-to-me games: 5 (2016 had 14, 2015 had 17, 2014 had 14, 2013 had 21)

Dimes: 3 (1 in 2016, 3 in 2015, 3 in 2014, 3 in 2013) - Pax Porfiriana (23), Fuji Flush (20), Eggs of Ostrich (13)

Nickels: 2 (2 in 2016, 2 in 2015, 8 in 2014, 4 in 2013) - A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King (8), Rolling America (5)

Gaming returned to something like normality for the first time since Effie was born. She's sleeping well enough in the evenings that I can make it to my weekly game night and I also had a couple of nice sessions with work friends. Even better, I've been enjoying lots of play of some recent favourites and not spending much time at all learning. Plus the brilliant new implementation of Pax Porfiriana at yucata.de let me get in a great run at one of my favourite games.

And now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 4 (3 in 2016, 6 in 2015, 6 in 2014, 7 in 2013) - Pax Renaissance, A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King, Circus Train (Second Edition), New York Slice

Removed: 1 (Evolution: The Beginning)

Owned: 170 (excluding expansions - up from 167 at end 2016)

Unplayed: 3 (High Treason: The Trial of Louis Riel, Pax Renaissance, IOTA)

Pax Ren and High Treason should both get played at Eastbourne at the end of the month. The collection keeps ticking up though not terribly rapidly...

Best new-to-me: A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King - a very smart 15 minutes of spatial play and special powers

New 10s: none
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Q4 2016 review

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A quick look at what I've been playing and buying this quarter, and a comparison to last year.

Total plays: 48 (2015 had 149, 2014 had 123, 2013 had 99)

Distinct games: 38 (2015 had 64, 2014 had 60, 2013 had 43)

New-to-me games: 19 (15 in 2015, 21 in 2014, 11 in 2013)

Dimes: 0 (3 in 2015, 0 in 2014, 1 in 2013)

Nickels: 0 (3 in 2015, 6 in 2014, 3 in 2013)

Another lean patch bolstered by games with my nephew and a session with Jimmy over the Christmas break.

And now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 8 - IOTA, Rolling America, Codenames: Deep Undercover, Eggs of Ostrich, High Treason: The Trial of Louis Riel, Fresh Fish, HMS Dolores, Fuji Flush

Removed: 0

Owned: 167 (excluding expansions - up from 159 at end Q3)

Unplayed: 3 - Codenames: Deep Undercover, IOTA, High Treason: The Trial of Louis Riel

Christmas gifts, a couple of post-Essen orders and US sales saw the collection grow to what I think is its highest ever. I need to make good on my purging plans this year.

Best new-to-me: Fresh Fish seemed unique and intriguing but I'm not sure how easily it will be to get it played.

New 10s: none
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Q3 2016 review

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Just a quick look at what I've been playing and buying so far this year, and a comparison to last year.

Total plays: 41 (2015 had 169, 2014 had 100, 2013 had 199)

Distinct games: 29 (2015 had 67, 2014 had 54, 2013 had 74)

New-to-me games: 9 (2015 had 15, 2014 had 18, 2013 had 27)

Dimes: 0 (4 in 2015, 0 in 2014, 4 in 2013)

Nickels: 0 (4 in 2015, 5 in 2014, 3 in 2013)

Gaming continues to be somewhat restricted! The only significant session was with Jimmy (Butterfly0038) while visiting Sarah's family in Cincinnati.

And now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 3 (6 in 2015, 5 in 2014, 4 in 2013) - Team Play, Evolution: The Beginning, Qwixx

Removed: 0

Owned: 159 (excluding expansions - up 3 from Q2)

Unplayed: 0

Pretty reasonable - a couple of acquisitions from Target while visiting the US.

Best new-to-me: Team Play is a really nice simple set-collection partnership game for 4 or 6.

New 10s: 0
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Q2 2016 review

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Just a quick look at what I've been playing and buying so far this year, and a comparison to last year.

Total plays: 39 (2015 had 184, 2014 had 169, 2013 had 204)

Distinct games: 25 (2015 had 73, 2014 had 69, 2013 had 105)

New-to-me games: 8 (2015 had 27, 2014 had 17, 2013 had 31)

Dimes: 0 (3 in 2015, 2 in 2014, 2 in 2013)

Nickels: 0 (5 in 2015, 4 in 2014, 5 in 2013)

Hmm, kind of looks like a major change happened in my life doesn't it! The new normal is aiming to host once a month, popping round to the nearest-by gamers if they're hosting and occasional lunchtime games with Joe.

And now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 7 (4 in 2015, 7 in 2014, 5 in 2013) - My Very First Games: Animal upon Animal (a kind gift), Origin, Librium, The Ravens of Thri Sahashri, Imhotep, Lost Legacy: Hyakunen Senso to Ryu no Miko, Lost Legacy: Binbo Tantei to Inbo no Shiro

Removed: 1 (Simply Ingenious)

Owned: 156 (excluding expansions - up from 150 Q1)

Unplayed: 1 (Effie isn't quite ready for My Very First Games: Animal upon Animal yet!)

I've noticed a slightly worrying tendency to compensate for lack of opportunities to play games with increased appetite for purchasing them. Need to watch that!

Best new-to-me: it was a really good quarter actually. Ravens of Thri Sahashri, 13 Days, Imhotep, Medina and Origin were all excellent.

New 10s: 0
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Just a quick look at what I've been playing and buying so far this year, and a comparison to last year.

Total plays: 96 (2015 had 142, 2014 had 205, 2013 had 140)

Distinct games: 59 (2015 had 48, 2014 had 67, 2013 had 56)

New-to-me games: 14 (2015 had 17, 2014 had 14, 2013 had 21)

Dimes: 3 (3 in 2015, 3 in 2014, 3 in 2013) - Push It (11)

Nickels: 2 (2 in 2015, 8 in 2014, 4 in 2013) - Pairs (8), Onirim (5)

Everything was ticking along normally until the first week of March, when gaming came to a screaming (literally!) halt with the arrival of my baby daughter! I did have a last hurrah of a gaming weekend with some of my best LoBster mates.

And now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 3 (6 in 2015, 6 in 2014, 7 in 2013) - Push It, Deadwood Studios USA (found on a wall!), Diamonds: Second Edition

Removed: 2 (Deadwood Studios USA and Quacksalbe just as soon as I get around to posting them!)

Owned: 150 (excluding expansions - up from 149 at end 2015)

Unplayed: 0 (I'm counting my play of Members Only as a play of Glenn's Gallery!)

Best new-to-me: Push It - brilliantly simple and well-made go-anywhere flicking game.

New 10s: none
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